Monday, 14 August 2017

1m Intimate Cream Wash 3.5 Review

While all women might be concerned about their vaginal health, not many of them will be knowing importance of using a dedicated product formulated exclusively for making your lady-part smell better and remain problem-free.

I've used a number of women hygiene products in past years and found those effective too. Currently, I'm using 1m Intimate Cream Wash 3.5 manufactured by Ozone Ayurvedics and have got all good things to say about it just after a use of 8-10 days (usually I test and try any product for 20+ days to make up my opinion).
1m intimate Cream Wash 3.5 is specially formulated to protect feminine intimate (vulvo-vaginal) area from dryness, itching, irritation, soreness, burning sensation and unpleasant odour during reproductive years in the age of 15 to 44 years. The product helps in maintaining a natural pH level of 3.5 in the intimate area and restores healthy intimate micro-flora consisting of good bacteria.

1m Intimate Cream Wash is packed in a soft tube packaging. The 100gm tube packaging is light-weight, has tightly-enclosed flip cap and leak-proof material; hence can easily stick in your travel-kit. Every important information about ingredients, price, usage directions is neatly printed on tube alongwith a pH scale indicating the product applicability.
1m Intimate Wash is a thick, velvet smooth cream bearing pleasant fragrance that helps to maintain the intimate area's natural acidic balance. What made me love this product is that unlike most intimate washes, it is not a soap-based cream. You may apply it on your dry or wet intimate skin, which means even if you forget to carry it with you while bathing, it can be applied afterwards. 
Wondering if a vaginal wash can be left on skin without rinsing??? Well! the answer is Yes! this is a water soluble cream formulated with natural ingredients like Lactic Acid, Sea Buckthorn Oil and Tea Tree Oil and is safe to remain on skin. Honestly, I was skeptical to use it as  leave-in product, but it didn't disappoint me. 
Using this product on daily basis effectively catches odor-causing microorganisms and prevents foul-smelling odor. The women of any age group may use it, especially to perfectly balance out vaginal pH of 3.5 - 4.5 that generally is disturbed during menstruation. The females who complaint of itching, swelling and foul-smelling discharge may totally rely on this product since it is not harsh like usual soaps or cleansers. 
I'm glad that I found an expert, revolutionary and budget-friendly (costs only Rs 138 and easily available for online purchase at Amazon, Flipkart etc) hygiene wash that leaves me feeling fresh all day long and restores perfect health of women's intimate area. 

Saturday, 12 August 2017

MamaEarth Body Crème for Stretch Marks & Scars - Product Review

The phase of maternity is the most satisfying and memorable time in life of a woman. One of the common complaint that women may have in this phase is to see their body struggling to keep up the uneven growth of skin all over. When skin is stretched to its limit, stretch marks start showing up and may get deeper with time. Not only pregnancy is the only cause of stretch marks, these marks may appear if your body weight fluctuates too much. To find an effective treatment with natural and organic ingredients is pure bliss.

MamaEarth body crème for stretch marks & scars is one of the impressive products in the line that does wonders to fade away these undesirable marks.
This cream is a rich blend of exclusive emollients namely Shea Butter, Cocoa butter, Virgin Coconut Oil, Grapeseed Oil, Sweet Almond Oil, Avocado Oil, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Wheatgerm Oil. Isn't the list long enough? Well! these ingredients directly impact to strengthen and rebuild the skin barrier while keeping the skin supple for longer.
It is a thick cream that smells really soothing. It'll be really a relief to women who feel nauseatic due to offensive medicinal smell during maternity. The product works equally good on marks at stomach area, thighs, upper arms, breasts or buttocks. Being on heavier consistency, it would need rubbing little more for proper absorption. The skin may feel lightly greasy for a second but is not intolerable. It takes few moments to sink in.
The product starts fading the color of the shallow/recent marks gradually while smoothing out the skin texture if followed an AM/PM routine religiously over a period of few weeks. But for marks existing since long, it would take around 8-12 weeks to blend away the marks and make those least noticable.
Other plant based ingredients like Cucumber Extract and Papaya Extract detoxify the skin that is an additional perk. Plant based Palmitoyl Tripeptides help to improve skin’s elasticity and make it non-itchy. All this comes for a reasonable price tag of INR 500 to own a big jar of 100 ml.

The product is not just free of parabens, mineral oil, artificial colors and dyes, but is backed by MadeSafe certification provided after clinical researches. To sum up, MamaEarth Body Crème is a recommended pick for women who are hunting for a preventive or curative stretch mark cream plus want to shop responsibly within budget. 

Fuschia Herbal Fusion Natural Shampoo Review

A shampoo that promises to deliver chemical-free, gentle care to my hair deserves a testing for sure. Fuschia by Vkare launched a herbal shampoo some time back that claims to clean your hair while addressing issues like hair fall.
Product Claims:
Fuschia Herbal Fusion Shampoo has been enriched with 9 Ayurvedic herbs to take care of your Hair. It is a rejuvenating therapy for dull and dry hair as it brings back the natural shine and strengthens the root thus reducing Hair fall issues too. It is a SLS, SLES, Parabens & Phthalates free shampoo. This formulation has been developed to combat problems of hair loss. It makes sure it to provide adequate hair nutrition while cleansing the scalp and conditions it with natural follicle stimulation and prevents thinning of hair and baldness. It does suit all hair types, be it Oily, Dry or Normal. Shine & Volume is maintained in both Men & Women.
Fuschia Herbal Infusion Shampoo comes in a tiny, see-through plastic bottle with a screw cap over it. There are stickers on either sides with details like product name, quantity, ingredients, price etc. Considering the size of the bottle, it's easy to carry around. But I expected an inner lid with a hole under the screw cap that could have controlled the quantity of excess product coming out accidently.
The shampoo has runny consistency, somewhat thinner than usual shampoos I've used. It lathers lightly, but does its job of cleaning your scalp and hair effcetively. For longer hair like mine, I need bit extra quantity so as to thoroughly remove all build up. I found the shampoo really mild, so people who wash their hair every morning would love to use it as their everyday hair cleanser.
The shampoo claims to be formulated with infusion of 9 herbs, but it couldn't find the names of all the herbs in ingredients list. The shampoo works well for all hair types without stripping your hair of its natural oils, rather lends your hair the healthy shine that it needs. I didn't notice a change in hair growth rate after using almost half the quantity; but the blend of amla, lemon, shikakai, brahmi extracts with many essential oils helps fighting with dandruff, hair fall, itchy scalp with prolonged use. The shampoo leaves a refreshing fragrance behind after you rinse your hair.
The Fuschia Herbal Fusion Shampoo is priced at Rs. 450 for 100 ml bottle which would pinch your pocket for sure. But the ones who are looking for a SLS, SLES, Parabens & Phthalates free shampoo may give it a shot.

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Wonders of Epsom Salt ft. Mama Earth

Known since long for as an effective remedy for many problems, I used Epsom Salt after so many years. I remember my mom using those tiny, colourless crystals for various purposes. I frankly don't remember whether she ever used it in any recipes or consumption, but it was extensively used topically.
I got a pack of Epsom Salt from MamaEarth and as soon as I unpacked the product, I was joyous for a moment of revival of old times :) Been a few days now that I've tested it in different ways and no wonder that it works amazing.
Before I share how did it help me, have a look at the beautiful colour that the brand has given to these otherwise colourless granules.
The MamaEarth Epsom Salt is of lavender colour since natural food colour extracted from brinjal has been used as colourant.I loved its soothing lavender scent owing to infusion of Lavender Essential Oil used as an ingredient. It's texture is similar to table salt.
This salt can be massaged directly on facial skin by mixing a few drops of any of your favourite essential oil for easy deep-pore cleansing. It doesn't hurt or itch the sensitive skin and dissolve quickly as you start rubbing.
Carry the epsom salt to washroom and lightly massage it into wet skin on any part of your body after a shower. Give yourself a rinse with warm or cold water depending on season and it'll make you feel the difference on your skin that would get softer after a mild exfoliation. I personally felt the need of applying a body lotion for moisturization (but that depends on skin type).

If you're the one who frequntly experience feeling of restlessness or anxiety like me, take a bath in warm/cold water with a handful of epsom salt dissolved in water. As the salt gets absorbed through the skin, it enchances body’s levels of magnesium and sulfate. As a result, stress is relieved and body is relaxed. Another positive effects of magnesium sulfate ranges from relief from muscle tension, minor body pain, inflammation and cramps.

The best one is to either soak your tired feet in warm water mixed with epsom salt or directly scrub the salt on damp skin of feet. I bet its the best feeling to touch sole of your feet that don't ache plus they are odourfree. An epsom salt foot soak also aids in curing toenail fungus.
I remember my mom making a tiny potli (cloth pouch), putting some epsom salt in it, lightly heating the pouch on a hot tawa and then using it to place on a aching part of the body to alleviate the pain. It's the replication of the massage therapy that many spa treatements are based upon. I seriously enjoy the rejuvenating effect of this therapy.

There can be many more therapeutic uses of this product. I've explored many remedies that say a lot about goodness of epsom salt for hair as well. But to be honest, I need to put together little more courage to try the product on my hair ;) If I get to dare this testing, will update my experience in this post itself :)
To know more about the product or to order it, click here. (Price: 300/- for 200 gms pack)
Hope you found these tips useful...

Thursday, 3 August 2017

Oriflame Milk & Honey Gold Hair Care Products Review

Knowing the benefits of milk and honey, Oriflame has created the indulgent Milk & Honey Gold collection. Offering a wide range of nourishing and rich formulations for your face, hair and body that provide you with the ultimate pampering experience.

In this post, I'll cover hair treatment products that I tried in past weeks...The Milk & Honey Gold hair care range consists of 3 products that all of us would need i.e. Shampoo, Conditioner and Hair Mask.
Check out what each of the products claim to offer -

Milk & Honey Gold Shampoo (Rs. 329)
Luxurious, intensively nourishing shampoo infused with organically sourced extracts of milk and honey, which moisturise and condition for hair full of natural shine. Gently cleanses and nourishes while the voluptuous foam and exquisite milk and honey scent offer a truly indulgent experience.
Milk & Honey Gold Conditioner (Rs. 329)
Rich and creamy conditioner infused with organically sourced extracts of milk and honey. The exquisitely fragrant formula conditions and detangles hair to leave it smooth, soft and with a gorgeous natural shine.
Milk & Honey Gold Hair Mask (Rs. 549)
Luxurious, intensively nourishing hair mask infused with organically sourced extracts of Milk and Honey, Shea Butter and Wheat Proteins. Helps to restore strength, shine, softness and vitality, while a sprinkle of golden pigments add a subtle shimmer.
As many of you might have apprised already that the key ingredients of this Milk and Honey collection is aied to give intense nourishment to your hair. This collection basically targets to repair the issues or damages caused to normal-to-dry hair. My hair type is normal and it's not very difficult to manage my tresses if I just follow normal cleanse-condition-nourish routine. The only concern that I take care while choosing my hair care products is to pick mild products that do not worsen any existing issues.

Milk & Honey Gold collection sounded quite gentle by its name and I had to give it a shot. The first look at the colour theme of the packaging in ivory & golden resonates the main ingredients. It's looks simple yet classy. The shampoo and conditioner come in tall plastic bottles, while the hair mask comes in a cute round pot that resembles traditional earthen pots of olden times.

I usually massage my hair and scalp with a coconut oil before shampooing which sets the initial step of hair treatment. It not only improves blood ciculation, but also contributes to hair growth rate. I feel so relaxed after a good 'champi' when the oil penetrates deep into scalp. You should choose a hair oil that suits your hair type. For the drier hair, one can prepare a concoction of oils that can treat dryness.

Washing my hair with a mild shampoo is the next step that should cleanse my scalp off all the dirt etc. The milk & honey gold shampoo is not harsh and can be used upto three times a week. This shampoo is light gold in color and has thin consistency but lathers well. The shampoo comes off easily from hair and doesn't leave my scalp itchy after rinse. One should prefer using fresh water or lukewater to take a headbath, depending on the season.
After shampooing, the focus is on nourishing, repairing, softening and volumizing your hair. This job can be done by a good conditioner like Milk n Honey Conditioner. This conditioner is in a thick cream texture of off-white color. It is like a quick fix to manage unruly strands. Just ensure to apply the conditioner in apt quantity, else it may make your hair look bit sticky. This one is rinse-off product, so has to be on hair for a few minutes and washed afterwards. The dry hair would find it really moisturizing capable of offering right amount of smoothness. 
The magical product in the process of hair treatment is the hair mask. Milk & Honey Gold Hair Mask is a luxurious creamy product that spreads of hair like a dream. Many pople would think that hair mask is meant for getting glossy, silky hair. But actually it's an effective product to pack all the required nourishment to your hair and scalp. Well! you certainly get that shine and untangled mess as a bonus. The issues like roughness, dryness and frizzyness of hair come under control with an application of suitable hair mask. Just have patience to leave it on hair for few minutes and rinse it off to transform your dream of soft-silky hair into reality.
All three products smell really beautiful. Though the fragrance lasts only for a while time after rinse, but I can smell a quick whiff of fragrance locked in interlaced strands of my plait or bun whenever I open my hair after coming back home from work. Not just my hair look n feel healthy, I feel delighted to have a ultimate product range at my disposal that works well for my hair and lend it great texture.

Monday, 31 July 2017

Rock Painting - Kids Craft DIY

Spending a weekend with kids engaged in something creative is a great feeling for most parents. How we spent the weekend this time was really fun paint activity. While my sister gave us a visit, we found some rocks outside an under-construction building during our evening walk and we were tempted to turn them into cute artsy pieces. We picked a few in different sizes and shapes.

Most kids will have a set of acrylic paints and paint brushes in their school stationary supplies that come handy in the project. So what our children (my son and my nephew) created is really adorable
and I thought of posting it for mommies who are looking for a cool kids activity.
Material Required:
Smooth Surfaced Rocks
Acrylic paints
Painting Brushes
Pencil/Fine Point Marker

1. Wash and clean the rocks to remove all the dust and pat it dry. Avoid using the rocks that have rouch patches on those as the paint job won't look graceful.

2. After the rocks are dried up properly, colour those for a bright base to provide you a nice canvas. It may take one or two coats of paint for better finish. Let it dry under the sun, if possible.

3. Help your child envision how the finished project should look like and then draw it first with a pencil. For the older children, a thin marker can be used to draw fine detailing on the rocks.
4. Using acrylic paint for painting should give the rocks a glossy finish. Continue the drawing in repeatitive process until it is visibly appealing.
5. Be patient letting each coat dry before moving on. You may use a hairdryer to dry the paint faster.
6. After the finished rocks are completely dry, give them a coat or two of Craft Varnish/Sealer/Mod Podge. This makes the paint colours pop and will also make your child's art last longer.

These rocks may be used as paper-weights, garden decor or simply an indoor decor piece.

(Just one regret, didn't click any pic while little hands were at work) :(
How do you think the kids performed.... we love it though!!

MamaEarth Under Eye Cream Review

Tiring days and sleepless nights can harm your beautiful eyes and make you look dull and tired. Turbo charge your daily morning and night skincare routine by using MamaEarth Under Eye Cream and give your eyes lasting energy all day and restorative benefits throughout the night. With a unique blend of Vitamin C, Peptides, Caffeine and plenty more, your eyes will be fully loaded to fight against dark circles, puffiness, bags and wrinkles.
This is what today's product-under-review claims to do ;) I'm up with yet another ah-mazing wellness product from MamaEarth range. Though the product is said to be designed for new mommies, but anyone who needs a solution for the above said issues can use this product. I'm using it for 15+ days now and liked its performance so far.
Mama Earth Under Eye Cream boasts of ultimate ingredients like Caffeine, Collagen, Cucumber extract, Almond oil, Calendula Extract, Mulberry extract & Rockweed extract that make the composition a matchless product. Have a look at the image below for detailed ingredients list that is printed on the pack.
The eye cream comes in a good quality plstic jar that has double lids on it. The cream is off white coloured and is more on the thinner consistency (though cannot be considered watery thin). It runs down if you tilt the jar. The cream has light scent to it which seems fine to me. This is the first time that I have used an eye cream whose application can be extended towards our forehead and cheeks area too. As I read the product stating that it can be used as a complete face treatment, I really trusted it. Why so? because the composition of the product sounded so efficacious to me. 
When I apply the cream over my face, it gives my skin mild sensation that lasts just for a minute. I assume it's a hint that the product is well absorbed by the skin. The brand recommends the day and night application of the cream, but I do it only in the night since I find the cream bit greasy on my skin. I simply feel uncomfortable wearing a greasy layer on my skin during work hours. Moreover, night time is the best time to let the product work for deeper results. 

The eye cream moisturizes the fragile skin around eyes better than a typical moisturizer due to shea butter, sweet almond oil, extra virgin olive oil etc. These moisturizing agents help prevent water loss from the skin and improve elasticity. Other active ingredients like Rockweed Extract, Mulberry Extract and Caffeine Anhydrous soothe and nousrish the skin. Caffeine greatly helps blood circulation which reduces morning puffiness in turn. The eye cream feels and works better on puffiness and eyebags, if you refrigerate it for some time. Sounds strange, but true ;)  

Being Parabens, Phthalates, SLES, Mineral Oil, Dyes & Fragrances free is the best trait of all Mamaearth product including this eye cream. Now if you're wondering that I didn't talk about dark circles yet, they can't be get rid of in a matter of few days. One may notice slight skin lighting if coupled with proper diet etc. I'm patiently working towards achieving to dimnish the dark circles entirely by following the regime every night with complete faith in restorative MamaEarth Under Eye Cream. 
Buying guide: Order here at Rs 500 for 50 ml.
Have you used the product yet? How did you like it?

Thursday, 27 July 2017

North for Men - Men Grooming Kit

Raksha Bandhan is approaching soon and I see everyone talking n fretting over what gift to choose for their brother or sister. I myself had been planning to buy him a gift of utility that won't end up collecting dust in his closet. So I thought of collating a cool grooming kit for my brooding brother this year that not only lures him, but would also make it easy to wake up looking his best. 

I reached for North for Men by Oriflame that is a trusted male grooming brand designed for men who value looking and feeling great and strive for greatness every day. No matter your skin type or how straightforward or advanced their needs are, they'll find the quality products they need to complement their daily grooming routine, and inspire them with the confidence to go out and be the best they can be.

My brother is very specific about the quality of grooming product he uses because he believes in not looking good, but feeling confident from inside. And gifting him with the best quality personal care essentials is ultimate choice. This combo includes 4 products viz. soap bar, shaving gel, face wash+ scrub and face cream. 
North For Men - Normal Skin Shaving Gel
My bro doesn't do well with electric razors and resorts to traditional manual shaving method. However, he is choosy for nice lathering shaving creams/gels. This NFM shaving gel is non-foamy, ultra-rich gel that provides easy razor gliding on skin to get a close, smooth shave. It helps protect skin against micro cuts and irritations plus heals the scrapes quickly. 
The 60 ml tube is priced at Rs. 149.
North For Men Fairness Face Wash & Scrub
The first step of an effective morning routine is to ensure a brighter and cleansed complexion. With natural menthol for an invigorating kick, simply give yourself a gentle yet deep exfoliation of this dual-effect product. The best part is that the soap-free formula avoids leaving you with stretchy dry skin post rinsing, but also guarantees oil-free skin without any impurities. Men will difintely love the alluring aroma of the product.
The 150 ml tube packaging is priced at Rs. 549
North For Men Fairness Soap Bar
Make a man feel good taking good care of himself with this silky touch fairness soap. Enriched with white complex to help brighten skin tone and improve skin complexion. Pure menthol gives a refreshing feeling with its pleasant scent all the day long. 
The 100 gms soap bar is priced at Rs 129. 
North For Men Fairness Face Cream
A face cream may sound unwanted or optional in a men grooming kit, but I would say men's rougher skin needs nourishment and hydration more than women's. To deliver the benefits of Artic pro Defence and Polar White Complex, this moisturizing cream leads to boosting skin health from within. The added advantage of SPF 18 in the cream is here to shield his skin from sun damage with UV filters while reinforcing skin's resistance against pollutants etc.
The 50 gm tube is priced at Rs 449
In short, this suave hamper from "North for Men" is apt to pamper my bro this Raksha Bandhan and make him feel classy on this auspicious day and forever after. 
p.s. if you're impressed with the NFM combo and wanna gift it to love of your life, Friendship Day is the ocassion that'll give you this golden opportunity to woo your man with a thoughtful gift set ;)